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Friday, 13 June 2008

Timothy Archibald's Weird Pictures

One problem with photographing children is taking it beyond the sentimental and cliched, especially if you are photographing your own children.

If you are going to produce something that is worthwhile, you need a clarity and honesty that gets under the skin - you also need an intelligence and understanding of yourself and the world around you - and part of that is recognizing what you don't know, what you can't portray, what lies beyond your reach - and still trying to portray it. It's difficult and requires experience, sensitivity and a willingness to lay yourself open through your artwork.

Which is what Timothy Archibald has been doing with his Series on his son. Tim's never quite sure what he's doing or how the work will be seen, he ties in the ephemera of everyday life with staged images that reflect both himself and his son's view of the world, and all the time there is a mystery about the work, work that is controlled yet chaotic, personal but distant, with resonances that go beyond the family environment where they are produced.

As he says on his blog

"If you are creating and sharing, you gotta get used to the fact that people may or may not get what you are working on. Or sometimes they get it, but most of the time they don't. Or they think they get it...and you think they get it...but you slowly realize they just aren't getting it. And sometimes you meet someone who totally gets it. But maybe they are insane? Crazy like you? Or insane in the way that manifests itself as just bad taste? Or are they the only one whe understands your genius? Or maybe you mis-interpreted them? This stuff can go on and on and on, but there is good that comes from sharing, no question there."

See it here.

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